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Baumgart's- What's Good?

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They just opened a Baumgart's in Livingston. I've never been to any of the other locations and I just wanted to get a general consensus as to what was good there! I have heard mixed reviews so i would definitely be curious as to what others think! Thanks!

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  1. I've only eaten there twice but the chicken salad was wonderful with raisins and nuts. I shared a dish of very good dumplings as well.

    1. Certainly not the service. It sucks, to put it succinctly. I was at the Livingston one earlier this week, and the server brought appetizers, sushi and entree to the table all at the same time, even though we had clearly asked him not to do that. The waiter jut shrugged and walked away. Plus, our chicken and shrimp dish was 95% chicken, and when we asked the waiter about that, he again just shrugged and said that we should talk to the chef. After I complained to the manager, a bowl of delicious shrimp magically appeared. Overall, sushi and Chinese dishes were good, not great, and the service just really pissed me off. Plus they only take Amex and cash - what nerve! I will not be returning any time soon.

      1. I have eaten at three of their locations (the best by far is the Englewood location, good Bergen food town BTW), and their best dish is by far the sesame chicken. I regularly eat at Baums and it is by far the local choice for number one dish.

        1. I just don't get this place--and I know that I'm not alone. I think the food is dull and bland--and as someone earlier mentioned, the service is not good. I've tried several times to like it (Englewood and Ridgewood locations)--and I always end up sending back the dish to the kitchen, because I feel it is inedible. When I complained that the food was bland at the Ridgewood location, the server told me that it is "healthy" food--and looked me up and down while he said it. I felt offended on many levels. First, I feel that servers should not give commentary to their customers, and second of all--I feel that I have a great sense of what is tasty--and this food was very bland. I cook healthy food all of the time that is full of flavor. Take-out Chinese from any other place in the tri-state area would be better. I know some people go there for their desserts--and again, I don't get it. I'd rather not waste my money at that type of restaurant.

          1. Just go for the ice cream!

            1. I love their Chilean sea bass with sticky rice in a banana leaf, very tasty and well spiced. Sushi is always good too.

              1. I've only been to the one in Englewood. I'd say try it for lunch. Have the chicken salad on raison pump. bread. then have a bowl of their delicious mint chip ice cream with hot fudge NOT chocolate syrup. If you like it, maybe you'll be inclined to try something else on a another visit. I keep telling myself that...As I order the same thing over and over. It makes no sense to me to get Asian food there. Go for the stuff that made the place famous in the first place! :-}

                1. I've only been to the locations in Englewood and Edgewater so I can't speak about Livingston. I do think the Englewood location is much better than Edgewater. That being said, many of the appetizers are very good: try the shanghai wontons and the different dumplings. Other appetizers they offer are very good also. As for entrees, I like the massaman curry, sea bass in banana leaf (already mentioned), mango chicken, filet mignon in black bean sauce....there are a few others that are good too but they don't immediately come to mind. If they offer delivery service and it is anything like ours here it is very fast! I think it is defintely worth checking out and I would not pay attention to the negative reviews. We order from them pretty regularly. I am not a fan of their sushi though.